Seabiscuit is one of my favorite movies because it represents such a real image of life. I am not a horse racing fan, but the overall message of hope and promise in the movie really touches me. It is a story about three men and a horse who are all banged up and broken. Like us, these men and this horse have walked through hardships and they show the scars and pain of that. Seabiscuit had been bought and sold repeatedly, had failed to perform, and had taken to heart that failure and worthlessness. He was actually trained to lose so he would help others win. He was frightened, bruised, and defiant until trainer Tom Smith and jockey Red Pollack come along.
Here are some quotes from Tom about Seabiscuit.
Tom Smith: “You don’t throw away a whole life just ’cause it’s banged up a little.”
Tom Smith: “You don’t throw away a whole life just because it has a few bumps.”
Tom Smith: “He just needs to learn how to be a horse, again.”
Tom Smith: “He’s so beat up it’s hard to tell what he’s like. He’s forgotten what he was born to do. He just needs to learn how to be a horse again.”
All of us get beaten up, bruised and damaged in the course of life. We need to believe that we are not defined by that. We may be misunderstood and mishandled, we may even loose our way for a time, but God has created us with purpose. God doesn’t “throw away a whole life just ’cause it’s banged up a little.” He believes our lives are worth redeeming. He believe we are worth a second chance and a little help. We may have to learn how to be a man/woman again, but he is willing to walk through that with us.
George Eliot says, “It’s never too late to be who you might have been.” Trust God for a new future, a future where you relearn, renew, and are restored to your true worth. If you have forgotten what you were born to do, you need to relearn, and God can teach you. Let him speak into your life. Let him show you how He sees you. It will change your life.
A couple sermons that share more about Seabiscuit and how the movie speaks about God’s ’s love:
Seabiscuit: From the Series—God at the Box Office http://theaterchurch.com/evotional/article/seabiscuit
Sailing Through the Storms of Life: Seabiscuit http://www.sermoncentral.com/sermon.asp?SermonID=116000